Trial begins in Columbus for man accused in the murder of Deonn Carter

Trial begins in Columbus for man accused in the murder of Deonn Carter

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - One of five suspects is facing a jury for the armed robbery turned murder of beloved Columbus man, Deonn Carter.

Dozens of people gathered in Judge Ron Mullins’ courtroom to follow the trial.

Three of the five defendants pleaded guilty to various aggravated assault and burglary charges, but Dequoyae Waldon is still set to face trial, pleading not guilty to aggravated assault and murder.

Tyquez Davis is the only one who didn’t plead guilty to any charge and Wednesday he saw his first day in court.

30-year-old Deonn Carter was well-known in his community and a good friend to first responders. Officials said Carter was shot in the leg while going to pick up his mail in August 2016. He died 11 days later.

Now, one of the five suspects is facing trial and his attorney, Jennifer Curry, said the gunshot wound was not the cause of Carter’s death.

“He was in fact improving and he did in fact have a blood clot,” Curry said.

Curry is representing Davis, the only defendant who did not plead guilty to any of the charges in this case.

In opening statements, Assistant District Attorney George Lipscomb laid out a timeline of events from the indictment, including multiple burglaries and the aggravated assault turned murder of Carter.

Three of the other defendants in this case will not face trial as they’ve made plea deals. Travarus Thomas pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault and three counts of burglary. Quamaine Thomas pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault. They’re both expected to testify in Davis’ trial.

Tauron Stepney pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault, but is not testifying.

“In the state’s opening statement, we heard there are going to be co-conspirators that testify that also did not admit to shooting Deonn Carter. they point the finger at Mr. Davis,” said Curry.

The state is expecting dozens of witnesses, Facebook videos, and co-conspirators to appear in court during this trial.

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